More Than 300 Faithful Gather for Charismatic Conference

Faithful of all ages and backgrounds came to pray and enjoy the day at the Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic Charismatic Renewal Holy Spirit Conference Sept. 22 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. (Photos by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)

October 11, 2018
Tom Burke

More than 300 faithful gathered Sept. 22 at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic Charismatic Renewal Holy Spirit Conference. The event theme was, “Break every chain by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

The full, bilingual day began with the rosary in English and Spanish at 8:30 a.m. and continued with talks exhorting attendees on topics including generational chains, chains one does not know are binding, and strengthening relationship with the Holy Spirit. Father Raymund Reyes, renewal liaison for the archdiocese, offered opening remarks and was principal celebrant and homilist at a 7 p.m. Mass closing the day.

The conference focused on praying and fasting, sacrifice and learning “how praise and a focus on Jesus Christ assists in breaking personal chains that bind us and others,” Rose Payan, renewal vice chair in charge of communications, told Catholic San Francisco. “Father Reyes encouraged conference participants not only to pray for themselves but also for others and for our church,” she said.

Invited speakers inspired conference participants to pray and break their personal chins and those of others, Payan said.

Confessions were available throughout the day along with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praise and worship and a healing service.

Assisting in the conference were additional priests, the Daughters of Carmel, renewal board members, and music groups including The Lord’s Flock and SILOAM from St. Augustine Parish in South San Francisco, the Hispanic Music Ministry from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto.

Reprinted from Catholic San Francisco

Leadership Commission Conference

On August 11, 2018, Fr. Raymund Reyes, San Francisco Archdiocese Liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal held a leadership meeting of English, Spanish, and Filipino Charismatic Renewal Prayer Group Leaders. Participants had an opportunity to discuss the status of their groups, their needs and how they could be supported by the Archdiocese Charismatic Renewal Board. Fr. Ray updated the group on the new directive coming from the Holy See creating a new service body to support Charismatics worldwide entitled, Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service, acronym CHARIS, a Greek word meaning "grace". By Pentecost 2019, CHARIS will be under the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and will support unity in the Body of Christ.

Information on CHARIS is found below

Leadership Conference pictures from the Charismatic Prayer Group Leaders day are found here.

First Friday Masses is found here.

San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone's Letter
on dialogue, prayer and fasting for our church

Fr. Ray Reyes, Liaison for the Charismatics, has asked all the Charismatic Communities in the San Francisco Archdiocese to support the Archbishop's call to prayer and fasting for our church.

View/download the Archbishop's Letter here

Archbishop Cordileone has outlined dates and venues where he will meet personally with the people of the Archdiocese.

In addition, the Archbishop is designating three consecutive First Friday's for priests to dedicate themselves to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and to serious bodily fasting. Adoration will take place from 9:00am to 6:00pm on October 5, November 2 and December 7 at the following locations.

On December 15th, these locations will host Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for the laity, deacons and religious, to join with your priests in prayer, from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. The laity are welcomed to join the priest in Adoration on the first Friday dates mentioned above.

The Archbishop quoted the following scripture on the reform of our church, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting" (Mk 9:29).

Let us support this effort as a Charismatic Prayer Community.


A life in the Spirit seminar held over six nights during the Easter season at St. Dominic Parish, San Francisco drew more than a hundred faithful. The course, organized by the charismatic renewal's Deacon Ernie von Emster, and St. Dominic's Michael O'Smith, was led by Father Ray Reyes, Vicar for Clergy and Liaison to the renewal for the archdiocese. The renewal board and the archdiocese sponsored the talks. "Each session included a time of praise and worship and testimony reflecting each topic given by individuals from across the archdiocese who have experienced the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in their lives," Rose Payan, one of the session's speakers, told Catholic San Francisco. "From the evaluations received, seminar participants experienced the 'Current of God's Grace' and gained a deeper relationship with Jesus through the power of the Holy spirit."

- Around the Archdiocese - Catholic San Francisco, August 9, 2018

Message from the Holy Father to the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships on the 25th anniversary of its Pontifical approval

- Vatican City, October 30th, 2015

Dear brothers and sisters,
Happy birthday! May the Lord bless you especially on this Silver Jubilee of the pontifical approval of the Catholic Fraternity.

I remember that the desire of the founders, Brian Smith and Bob Cavnar, was to link themselves in a more direct and filial way with Peter's successor, under the guidance of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. These 25 years have borne fruit of growth in the number of communities as well as in the diversity of charisms and in relationships of fraternal communion. Let us thank God for that!

Last year, during the meeting with the Charismatic Renewal on the 1st of June at the Olympic Stadium, you were already preparing a step forward which became a reality a few months later: the CF and ICCRS, the two institutions serving the worldwide Renewal, now share the same office, thus giving testimony of one sole current of grace manifested in the great diversity created by the Holy Spirit.

This decision of deepening the communion between both institutions is already a reality which has made me very happy. Changes are always difficult, and it is hard to leave our own securities and places to follow the Lord's inspiration. We also need the courage that comes from the Spirit and I thank you. At the same time, you have been able to confirm that neither of you, CF, nor ICCRS, have lost your own characteristics, but you have been enriched in the communion, because communion is the work of the Holy Spirit.

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Link to the CHARIS article and supporting documents

Mission Statement

As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:

  1. To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
  2. To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
  3. To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
  4. To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
  5. To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.

Click here for an Introduction
to the Archdiocese of San Francisco Charismatic Renewal

"You Will Receive Power"

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, yes, even to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

"Today, millions of Catholics in more than 115 countries are involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. What accounts for this dramatic growth? Those involved in the Renewal say that God has touched them in some profound way, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

The goal of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is to serve the mission of the Church by enabling people to live a renewed and Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to be charismatic – that is, to be equipped with gifts of service for the good of the Church. (1Cor.12)

In the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Catholics speak of being "baptized in the Holy Spirit." This statement does not change the Catholic teaching about the Sacrament of Baptism. It simply means that the power of the Spirit received in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation often awaits a fuller "release" in the lives of many Christians."

Click here to view a video about the History of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church.